Pursuit Is But a Deadly Mistake

…to look at all the imperatives in Scripture to pursue sanctification as if this were something in our power to achieve is a deadly mistake.  No wonder there are so many miserable Christians who are discouraged by their weakness and devastated by their ongoing sin.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 125

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God Loves a Contrite Heart More

I had thought God loved a victorious and triumphant heart, but I began to learn that God loves a humble and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 66:2) and has many surprising ways of forming these attributes within his children.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 124

Habitual Desire for Autonomy from God

The essence of human fallenness is a determined autonomy from God, and it appears in our lives in the form of countless self-salvation strategies.  Our natural mode of operation is law-driven, even after our conversion.  We default to that strategy time and time again rather than fall on our faces before God and plead for his mercy and grace.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 124

Our Very Great Reward

Our God goes before us, and at his Word, crooked things become straight and light shines into darkness.  In all of our failure and sin, God’s promise to his children stand steady and true:  our very great reward (Psalm 84:11)

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 119

Not Acquired By Living the Victorious Christian Life

It is good for us to see our sin, because when we do, our Savior becomes dearer to us.  When we are standing tall and strong we do not tend to look at Christ – we don’t need him.  But when we fall flat on our faces, overcome with sin and weakness, there is nowhere else for us to look but to the One who has died our death and lived the life we should have lived.  God loves broken and contrite hearts, and we don’t acquire those by living victorious Christian life.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 118

We Are Paralyzed

When we live in denial about sin and do not see ourselves accurately, we can’t really grow.  We are paralyzed until the Holy Spirit moves to give us sight and then grants us repentance in his time.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 117

A Violent Display of Love

What an amazing love Christ showed me to suffer so willingly, and what incredible love the Father demonstrated in allowing him to do so in my place.  What a joyful surprise to discover how he bears with me now, walking me through the deserts he has planned for me and patiently suffering the injustice of my sinful responses in order to show me my heart and teach me about his love.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 116